College Park H.S. Orchestra Tour

$3,200 of $7,300 goal

Raised by 22 people in 49 months
Cpimb Falcons  PLEASANT HILL, CA
The College Park High School Falcon instrumental music program has a rich history of sharing our music through concert tours.  In the past, our tours and participation in International Music Festivals have taken us to performances in Carnegie Hall, New York, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, and various venues across the country. 


Sadly, 5 years ago our program was radically affected by economic down turn and State Budget cuts that led to director turnover and decreased funding to our program.  There were many impacts on our program, including a 75% decrease in concert tours over the past 4 years. 

Under the leadership of our music director Jorge Jimenez, our program is now growing and vibrant.  Our motto is "Community Service through music."  Besides bringing musical performances to our community, we share the gift of music with elementary schools in our area.  5 years ago, in response to budget cuts, 4th and 5th grade instrumental music was cut from the curriculum.   Last year, we created the Future Falcons after school music program  to provide band and orchestra instruction free of charge to 4th and 5th grade elementary students.

We are very proud of our ensembles that consistently receive highest marks at music festivals.  Our symphony orchestra, where wind and percussion students join our string orchestra, contains our top students and is a particularly unique musical experience amongst area public high schools. This ensemble receives superior marks at local music festivals and we would like to pave the way to participate in international music festivals.

We want to bring back concert tours, but in order to do so, we need help raising funds to assure that all students have an opportunity to participate.  30% of our student body receive assitance through the school lunch program and many of our middle class families are still recovering from economic hardships. 

We are planning a string orchestra and symphony orchestra tour to Florida in April 2015, which will include an exchange performance with a local high school, university clinic, and top music clinics and performances at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando.   The entire trip will cost $118,800.  We have been able to raise $90,000, but we need help to raise the remaining $28,000 by February 15th.   If we cannot raise enough funds for all 72 musicians, then by California Education code, our tour will be cancelled.

Please help us make our goal.  Every musician is deserving, and this tour will pave the way for future tours and opportunities for musical growth for our program.
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Update 7
Posted by CPIMB Falcons
46 months ago
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Amazing news! With proceeds from our Farewell concert and other fundraising efforts, we made our goal!
Thank you everyone for your amazing support.
Next Wednesday we are Florida bound!
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Update 6
Posted by CPIMB Falcons
47 months ago
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Amazing progress this week! We are now within $5200 of our goal. We have updated our goal here to account for mail and fundraiser donations. Thank you for generosity and kind support!
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Update 5
Posted by CPIMB Falcons
47 months ago
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Thank you for your support! We've adjusted our goal to account for funds raised through fundraisers and mailed in donations. We are just $7,000 away from our goal.
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Update 4
Posted by CPIMB Falcons
47 months ago
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Donations continue to come in and we are less than $9,000 from our goal. We have found bridge funds to meet our funding deadline while we continue fundraising efforts. Thank you for your support!
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$3,200 of $7,300 goal

Raised by 22 people in 49 months
Created December 19, 2014
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$400
Anonymous
46 months ago
AH
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Al and Nancy Hagedorn
46 months ago

Thank you for a wonderful program. Our granddaughter, Natalie Arauz is a 5th generation high school musician. Also, a shout out to Miss Vente from the Hagedorn's, we will never forget you or your love of music and teaching.

$25
Anonymous
47 months ago
MM
$100
mary monaghan
47 months ago
RW
$100
Rohini Winters
47 months ago

My sister and I learned to play violin in 3rd grade in the MDUSD and we just wish all kids had the opportunity to have music in school. My hats off to CP Falcon music program for making it possible for 4th/5th graders to learn to play - that is taking action to build the future of your program so I am trying to help you reach your goal! My two sons play in a HS wind symphony in VA and just returned from a trip to Orlando - fabulous clinic at UCF and I hope your group gets there!

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Anonymous
47 months ago
$500
Anonymous
48 months ago
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$40
Gordon Zagar
48 months ago
$50
Anonymous
48 months ago
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$100
Sunita Bayley
48 months ago

The CPHS made Christmas for me delightful with their holiday concert! Every piece was beautiful and elegantly played. Hope you guys make it to Florida. I have fond memories of playing violin in my middle school orchestra and then funds got cut in high school so only the band existed. Suggestion: play in small groups in public with a donation box!

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